The Boeing 717 is a twin-engine, single-aisle jet airliner, developed for the 100-seat market.
The T-tail 717 airliner was designed and originally marketed by McDonnell-Douglas as the MD-95, a derivative of the DC-9 and MD-80 family.
Capable of seating up to 134 passengers, the 717 has a design range of 2,060 nautical miles (3,815 km). It is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR715 turbofan engines mounted on each side of the rear of the fuselage.
The first order was placed in October of 1995 by ValuJet Airlines (later AirTran Airways); McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing merged in 1997 prior to production.
The airliner entered service in 1999 as the Boeing 717. Production ceased in May 2006 after 156 were built.
|Boeing 717 with its twin-engines mounted on the aft of the fuselage|
|Boeing 717 of Qantus Link|
|The original Douglas DC-9 featured a "pointed" tailcone, while the MD-80 Series airliners utilize a "flat" tailcone. The later McDonnell-Douglas MD-90 has larger engines than the MD-80 Series. The Boeing 717, while shorter than the MD-90, has engines which are longer in length, as shown in the side-by-side comparison chart below.|